Dawn at Lake Louise

Apparently I carried my tripod to Canada, in and out of 6 hotels in my 50-pound suitcase, for a reason. The Really Right Stuff tripod is too heavy to hike with, but I set it up in front of our picture window at the Chateau Lake Louise. Which was a good idea, because my husband pointed out the reflection of Victoria Glacier on Lake Louise early in the morning as the sun peaked over the eastern ridge. I was able to make this image in my pajamas!

Using a tripod, I was able to capture this crystal clear reflection in the early morning light on Lake Louise. Using ISO 400 and f/11 for depth of field, my slow exposure of 1/6 of a second captured this image. Notice the gentle morning light on the western slope of evergreens.

Grand Tetons from the Mormon Barn

It was another dark and frosty morning before dawn, when I found myself trudging down a dirt road with my camera backpack on my back and tripod in my gloved hand. At least two dozen photographers had already arrived at this iconic location, and many were in no mood to share their space.

Finding a spot along the edge of a creek, I waited for the rising sun to color those wispy clouds pink. What I like most about the final image is the warmth of the barn, the grass and the foliage in contrast to the cool blue and grey in the sky and the mountains.

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Sunrise at the Mormon barn in Grand Teton National Park, a pleasing blend of warm and cool tones.

Early Morning Surprise

I was hoping to spot a variety of birds waking up and feeding at dawn today, but I came across a most unexpected creature — a deer. I would expect to see a deer near my Pennsylvania home, but not so much in Florida.

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First light of day paints a pastel scene in a Florida meadow. 

When I first spotted a tan mammal through the morning mist, I quickly set up my tripod and peered through my 600mm lens, expecting to find a rare Florida Panther. No such luck.  I did, however, find a number of interesting birds and enjoyed the quiet of the morning with a few naturalists — no crowds, no loud people. It was very peaceful. Like this image.

The Break of Dawn

High in the sky we see the sunlight break the darkness,  turning night into day, while fog lingers under the canopy of these trees, protecting the cool ground with a soft blanket of dampness and shadow.

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For a few brief moments we can savor the contrast between the brightening sky and the soft low lying fog.